CATS - 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865
DOGS - Van Zandt Hollow Rd - Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Spay/Neuter Clinic: 2386 County Route 10 - Alpine, NY
HSSC Phone: (607) 594-2255 - Shelter Phone: (607) 535-9960
US Mail: PO Box 427 Montour Falls, New York 14865
Founded in 1987, The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in Schuyler County. Our mission is to eliminate pet overpopulation, prevent cruelty to animals, provide quality care for homeless animals, promote responsible pet ownership, and help the community to develop humane principles toward all animals.To address this mission we offer a low-cost spay/neuter service for the dogs and cats of eligible area residents and provide spay/neuter certificates for use at participating veterinarians.
County residents meeting income requirements and residents with feral cat populations are provided the opportunity to bring dogs and cats to the low cost spay/neuter clinics offered twice monthly. We firmly believe that spay/neuter is the most effective means of reducing the problem of pet over population.
Prior to August 1st, 2009 our efforts were focused on caring for and placing cats since there is no other organization in Schuyler County addressing this need. We also provide spay/neuter services and emergency medical funds for dogs.
Effective Saturday August 1st,2009 The Humane Society of Schuyler County assumed the management and operation of the Schuyler County Animal Shelter. The Schuyler County Legislature authorized a contract between the two entities in an effort to further promote collaboration between public, private, and not for profit organizations to provide a higher level of constituent services at a lower cost. All inquiries regarding the adoption of dogs or cats should be directed to The Humane Society at 594-2255. Cats available for adoption and Dogs available for adoption can also be seen on this website or by visiting Petfinder.com.
We also provide pet food and shelter for animals in need, maintain a small medical emergency loan fund and provide annual free rabies clinics.
The Humane Society operates a foster network to care for homeless cats and kittens as space allows. Adoptable cats and kittens can be seen at our Cat Shelter in Montour Falls, at PetSmart in Ithaca, by calling us at 594-2255 to schedule an appointment or by looking through our listing of adoptable cats and kittens. Dogs can be viewed online and you can also see our available dogs on Monday - Friday mornings between 8 - 10 am and Saturday mornings, between 9 and noon, at the dog shelter. If that time isn't convenient, please call us to schedule an appointment.
We are funded primarily through donations, gifts, grants and fundraising efforts. We receive no county, state or government funding for our on- going operation. Nor do we receive funds from national animal welfare organizations. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation please call us at 594-2255. We’ll put your skills or your donations to good use! We hope you enjoy your visit with us. And, do check back often to see what we’re up to and how you can become a part of it!
The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a United Way Agency.
Would you like to become a member of the Humane Society of Schuyler County and help us reach our goal of improving the welfare of animals in Schuyler County and building a new shelter?
If so, please either click on the PayPal links below to join, or send us a check, payable to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, along with all of your contact information. All donations are tax deductible.
Membership Levels are as follows:
Georgie Taylor - President
Georgie has been actively involved in the Humane Society since 2002 as a Board member, Vice President and as President since 2004.
Georgie holds an MBA from the State University of New York with a concentration in marketing and graduated cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in education. She has held numerous managerial positions in sales, marketing and communications for Corning Incorporated, Digital Equipment Corporation and NCR Corporation. A resident of the Town of Montour for over 30 years, Georgie is also Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and has served as a Literacy Volunteer. In 2010 Georgie was recognized by the Watkins Montour Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow
Susan Hunter Herbert, Vice-President
Susan Herbert and her husband, John, have been members of the Humane Society for many years. She is the Volunteer Coordinator for the HSSC. An Army “brat,” she grew up in Illinois, Texas, Germany, and, for most of her formative years, Washington, DC. She attended Eckard College in Florida and Lynchburg College in Virginia. She worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia for four years before moving to New York State. She worked for Cornell University for 30+ years and retired fully in 2011. She and John live in the village of Valois in the Town of Hector with their three cats and one dog.
Dan Lee - Treasurer
Dan holds a Masters degree in plant physiology and a BS in agriculture from the University of Missouri. He currently manages the Agway store in Ithaca. Dan was formerly the manager of the Village Greenhouse in Trumansburg and has been a sales representative for Page Seed. Dan is a 25-year resident of Schuyler County and lives with his wife Diane, in Alpine. He has been overseeing the finances of the Humane Society for over ten years. Dan’s family includes a multitude of cats, three miniature mules, and an assemblage of happy goats, chickens and geese.
Diane Thurm-Lee - Secretary
Diane graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a BS in agriculture and a BA in biology. She is currently Payroll Operations Manager for Cornell University. Diane also has prior experience in retail management, sales and operations. A 25-year resident of Schuyler County, she makes her home in the Alpine area with her husband, Dan. She has been active with the Humane Society for over ten years.
Georgie has been actively involved in the Humane Society since 2002 as a Board member, Vice President and as President for the last four years.
Diane has been active with the Humane Society for over twelve years and has tirelessly volunteered her talents at spay/neuter clinics, rabies clinics, feral cat roundups, writing newsletters, working at rummage sales and art auctions, and fostering cats and kittens….to name a few.
She is an avid gardener and an awesome cook and has lived in Schuyler county for 27 years.
Joining the HSSC Board seemed like an appropriate step for someone who respects and loves all animals.
Cathy has a Bacher of Science degree from Elmira College and a Masters Degree from Mansfield University. She has been a Special Education Teacher for 17 years.
Cathy previously served as a board member for CASA (Court Appointed Assistants), Chemung Valley Multiple Schlerosis and AIM.
She and her husband, Ron, have been married for 30+ years and have a daughter, Bridget. Ron has his own business in Corning, NY and contributes his superior wood working skills volunteering at HSSC.
Ron and Cathy has 2 dogs and 5 cats, all rescues. Cathy is very grateful that she was invited to serve on the HSSC Board and looks forward to working with a dedicated and professional group of individuals who donate their time for the welfare of the dogs and cats in Schuyler County.
Joyce originally hails from Montrose, PA and is a 30 year resident of Schuyler Co. She attended Elmira College, Regents College and the State University of NY. She is the 5th generation of teachers in her family, and taught upper level college courses at a joint Satellite Program through Cazenovia College and Corning Community College before retiring.
Joyce has been an active member of HSSC since 2003 and has volunteered for events such as Earth Day, Bells of Christmas, Be Kind To Animals, Cans For Cats, rabies clinics, the annual rummage sale and the Art For Animals auction. She volunteers at our SOS spay/neuter clinics and has presented Spay/Neuter Education at local high schools. She implemented an HSSC business membership drive and organizes donation jar placement and collection.
Joyce lives in Montour Falls with multiple cats, dogs and fish. As if that weren’t enough, she also provides foster care for dogs, cats and kittens when needed. Her favorite things include having her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren around, reading, music, embroidery and knitting.
Originally from Massachusetts, Gita moved to the area 7 years ago to work at Farm Sanctuary. An animal lover all of her life and a vegetarian/vegan for more than 30 years, she was a volunteer at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats for over 12 years, designed their web site and was Director of Adoptions and Internet Development for The Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare (SCFAW). She also managed SCFAW's small cat shelter.
After moving here, she quickly got involved with the Humane Society, helping at spay/neuter clinics, fostering kittens, helping with events and eventually redesigned the web site and set up their Facebook page.
Gita received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a major in French and minor in Spanish. She worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for 20+ years as a Business Systems Analyst and Web Designer. She has worked as a carpenter and is also a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher.
She has been volunteering with HSSC for over 2 years, doing kitty care, helping at adoption events at Petsmart. She has agreed to take over as our cat adoption coordinator.
Chelsea was born and raised in Schuyler County and attended Odessa Montour Central School. She received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Keuka College and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Marywood University. She is currently practicing social work as a psychiatric social worker.
Chelsea is a life-long animal lover and currently has two dogs: Aspen who is a Wes tie and Bullet who is a German Shepherd.
Valerie Gresh recently moved to the area from Plymouth, MA where she was a board member at the Standish Humane Society in Duxbury, MA. In that position she successfully took on writing grants for spay/neuter programs, established a working relationship with Petco and ran the adoption weekends at various retail outlets in the Plymouth area in addition to "clean and cuddle" duties twice a week.
While in MA Valerie taught English as a Second Language for RSVP at a local homeless shelter, delivered Meals-on-Wheels, served meals to the homeless at a downtown Boston shelter and was a visiting lay person for her church.
It took Valerie an entire week and a half to contact HSSC once she arrived in Schuyler County. Her reason for the relocation: two perfect grandsons.
Valerie was born in Boston, MA, graduated high school in Norwalk, CT and enjoyed Philosophy and Ethics courses in college. She was an aircraft dispatcher for General Electric and Digital Equipment for 15 years, a 911 operator and police dispatcher, ran her own company working with seniors and currently works for Sallie Mae.
In her spare time she is on the Montour Falls Improvement Association, helps out at the HSSC spay/neuter clinics twice a month and co-wrote and co-presents a slide show regarding puppy mills, dog fighting kennels and hoarding that has been shown to almost all towns in the county to promote local legislation.
Resident of Schuyler County since 1997. (Watkins Glen) Originally from Middletown NY. Graduated Middletown High School in 1974. Joined HSSC board in 2012. Purring and wagging felines and canines integral to life! Father of five, empty nest setting in. Lucky to have a dynamic local humane society with which to work. One term foray into local politics as a Schuyler County Legislator. Have operated local lodging establishment since 1997. Retired after 27 year of work within the NYS prison system. Hobbies; ceramics, making ice cream, learning banjo and accordion.
Connie Fern Miller
Connie Fern Miller is an attorney practicing law in Schuyler County. She has had a private practice of law in Schuyler County for over 30 years. She has also been both District Attorney and the Public Defender for Schuyler County. She has been active with many service organizations, including Cooperative Extension, 4-H, Youth Fair, Burdett Presbyterian Church, Chamber of Commerce, Lake Country Players, and Lions Club.
Connie has two daughters, Kate and Lane (Van Emrik), She has a dog named "Mazzie," adopted from the Tompkins County S.P.C.A. In the past she has adopted dogs of many (and often, mixed) breeds, all from shelters. She has also, in the past, been adopted by various stray cats. At one time, when her children were active with 4-H and Youth Fair, she owned four equines (an Arab mare, her filly, a donkey, and a pony), and she has cared for numerous other animals such as gerbils, a guinea pig, and birds.
Carol has been a life-long resident of Schuyler County, graduating from Odessa Montour Central School and attending a year of business school before entering the workforce at Cornell University. After 37+ years at Cornell, she decided to take an early retirement to explore what the world had to offer beyond Cornell’s doors.
Being an avid animal lover all her life, she joined the HSSC in 2010 thinking that she’d be walking dogs and petting kitties. Once involved with the organization, however, it became abundantly clear how much more help was needed. In response to that need, she has helped with a number of activities, including: adoption events; flea markets; the Cardboard Boat Regatta on Seneca Lake; the Montour Falls Firemen’s parade; pet pictures with Santa; can/bottle drives; spay/neuter clinics; rabies clinics; grounds keeping at the new shelter site; renovation of the Kitty Kaboose; and promoting animal adoption efforts.
Carol lives on a 7-acre “farmette” with Tom, her husband of 36+ years, two horses, three cats and a dog. One cat was a stray who found his way to her home 17 years ago and adopted them. They happily adopted the other two cats and dog from the Humane Society of Schuyler County. Together, they ’re just one big, happy family.
We use a lot of the items on our wish list –– every jar of peanut butter, bottle of bleach or roll of paper towels helps to make a difference in our operating expenses.
A generous donor has put forth a $250,000 Challenge Grant through The Community Foundation of Elmira, Corning and the Finger Lakes. From now through April 15th EVERY DOLLAR donated will be matched TWO FOR ONE! If you've been planning to donate -- don't delay! Let's make Every Dollar Count
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